Saturday, September 10, 2011

Report: Veterans Cemetery Was Used As Private Dump

Report: Veterans Cemetery Was Used As Private Dump:

MADISON, Wis. -- A maintenance supervisor at one of the most pristine veterans cemeteries in the country used the grounds as his private dump, burying everything from cans of paint thinner to television sets, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The cost to clean up the mess is already twice what state officials first estimated and growing.

State Department of Administration officials say the company contracted to clean up the garbage has submitted $37,000 in bills, with more likely to come. That's more than double the $18,000 the state Department of Veterans Affairs estimated the effort would cost. Meanwhile, veterans are seething that a state worker would disgrace a cemetery that federal officials have designated as a national shrine.

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